Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
Analogue celluloid film has been used to shoot recent blockbuster successes like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tarantino’s Hateful Eight and the latest James Bond installment, Spectre. Meanwhile, Kodak reports that it’s film division will be profitable again in 2016.
As an analogue film stills photographer (on occasion, and albeit an ordinary one at best) I’m emboldened by the survival of film over time.
Vadim Rizov wrote a compelling article in January 2015 about an incomplete list of 39 movies in 2014 shot on 35mm film that outlined cinematographers’ reasons for choosing analogue film over digital production.
Analogue film remains a superior technology for many situations. Some of those desirable qualities are that film is cheaper to shoot on larger projects (due to the high cost of digital post production) and it’s easier to achieve good results on well understood film stock. The necessary skills persist within the industry to do the work shooting film; even if labs that can develop their negatives have become scarce.